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Critics wonder what the air force is giving up with new Cyclone contract

OTTAWA - The New Democratic opposition and a defence expert say they want to know what sort of compromises the air force might have to swallow in order to accept its long-delayed maritime helicopters. A series of government and defence sources revealed this week that public works had struck an agreement with the U.S. manufacturer of the CH-148 Cyclone helicopters to amend the purchase contract. The renegotiated deal — the third since the helicopters were ordered in 2004 — paves the way for the retirement of the air force's 50-year-old Sea King fleet.

Pentagon says automatic budget cuts would hit F-35, other weapons

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Tuesday detailed $48.3 billion in cuts to major weapons programs like Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet that would kick in from fiscal 2016 to 2019 if Congress does not reverse automatic budget cuts that are to resume in 2016. It said the cuts would slash $40 billion from the Pentagon's planned spending on operations and maintenance over that time, while research and development of new cutting-edge technologies would fall by nearly $18 billion from $337 billion.

Ottawa and Sikorsky agree on new terms for Cyclone choppers: sources

OTTAWA - The Harper government has reached a deal to amend its contract with the U.S. manufacturer of the long-delayed CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopters, The Canadian Press has learned. The agreement with Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., which is still being vetted by government lawyers, paves the way for next year's retirement of Canada's aging fleet of Sea King choppers, said several defence and government sources. "We have a contract," said one senior official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Navy move to 'break' multiyear deal worries industry: Sikorsky

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sikorsky Aircraft said on Wednesday the U.S. Navy's plan to skip orders for 29 MH-60 helicopters in the final year of a five-year contract could undermine the industry's willingness to sign such cost-saving agreements in the future.

Sikorsky helicopter maker pays $3.5 million to resolve claims it overcharged Army for parts

HARTFORD, Conn. - Federal prosecutors say helicopter maker Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has agreed to pay $3.5 million to resolve allegations it inflated the cost of spare parts. Connecticut U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly said Monday that Sikorsky failed from 2008 to 2011 to disclose accurate, complete and current cost and pricing data to the Army purchasing unit that buys spare parts for the manufacturer's Black Hawk helicopter. Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. It says in a statement that it's pleased to have resolved the matter.

Sikorsky helicopter maker pays $3.5 million to resolve claims it overcharged Army for parts

HARTFORD, Conn. - Federal prosecutors say helicopter maker Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has agreed to pay $3.5 million to resolve allegations it inflated the cost of spare parts. Connecticut U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly said Monday that Sikorsky failed from 2008 to 2011 to disclose accurate, complete and current cost and pricing data to the Army purchasing unit that buys spare parts for the manufacturer's Black Hawk helicopter. Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. It says in a statement that it's pleased to have resolved the matter.

Navy's Sikorsky helicopters cancellation would cost government $250 million: Levin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy's plan to cancel an order for 29 MH-60 Sikorsky helicopters under a current five-year agreement would trigger termination fees of at least $250 million and raise the cost of Army helicopters covered by the same contract, a top U.S. senator said Thursday. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat, criticized the Navy's plan to "break" the multi-year purchase agreement during a hearing on the Navy and Marine Corps budget requests.

U.S. Air Force to fund rescue helicopter in last-minute reversal

By Andrea Shalal and David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force decided on Tuesday to start work on a new rescue helicopter by United Technologies Corp's Sikorsky Aircraft in fiscal 2015, a surprising turnaround hours after the Pentagon told Congress the program had been postponed. Air Force Secretary Deborah James made the abrupt decision on the Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) program shortly before officials began briefing reporters about the Air Force's budget for the fiscal year beginning October 1.

U.S. Air Force sees Sikorsky helicopter award by end-June

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force on Tuesday said it would take $430 million from other priorities to fund development of a new combat rescue helicopter by United Technologies Corp's Sikorsky Aircraft, the only company that bid for the work. The Air Force cited the importance of the rescue mission in a statement explaining its last-minute decision to proceed with the Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) program just hours after Pentagon budget documents showed the program was being delayed.

Boeing wins $1.16 billion contract for Apache helicopters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Boeing Co <BA.N> has won a contract valued at $1.16 billion for full-rate production of the AH-64E Apache helicopter, the U.S. Defense Department said on Tuesday. It said the contract included 72 remanufactured helicopter systems, 10 new helicopters, six revamped crew trainers and other logistics support. The contract runs through June 30, 2016, the Pentagon said in its daily digest of major weapons contracts. (Reporting by Andrea Shalal)
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